Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Fire Investigators Arrest Downtown Fresno Arson Suspect
gvw_edward_smith
By Edward Smith
Published 2 months ago on
February 15, 2024

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Fresno Fire Department investigators arrested 18-year-old Alfred Sosa on Monday, accusing him of starting two dumpster fires in downtown Fresno.

Dumpster fires damaged the historic Peerless Building and the Valley Foods grocery store.

Sosa is being held at the Fresno County Jail on $135,000 bail.


Fresno Fire Department investigators on Monday arrested a man suspected of starting two dumpster fires in downtown Fresno on Feb. 9.

Alfred Sosa, 18, is being held at the Fresno County Jail on three felony charges related to arson. Investigators suspect Sosa of starting a fire in a dumpster and then pushing the dumpster up against the historic Peerless Building at 1755 Broadway St., damaging the building.

A dumpster fire charred the exterior and interior of the historic Peerless Building in downtown Fresno Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (Special to GV Wire)

They also believe Sosa started a similar fire at 50 Van Ness Ave., damaging the Valley Foods grocery store.

“Anyone setting intentional fires in our community will be investigated, arrested, and prosecuted,” said Fresno Fire Chief Billy Alcorn. “Our firefighters work incredibly hard to respond to numerous emergency service calls each day, and intentionally set fires have the potential of delaying their responses to those true emergencies within our community. These acts will not be tolerated.”

Video surveillance footage led investigators to a relative of Sosa who identified him. Sosa lives in the downtown area. As of Thursday, Sosa was still in custody in the Fresno County Jail.

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Who Owns Businesses in California? A Lawmaker Wants the Public to Know

DON'T MISS

$11M State Grant Will Help Fresno’s Emergency Shelter Beds, Mental Health Services

DON'T MISS

City Council Finally Gives New NW Fresno Costco a Green Light

DON'T MISS

Prop 47 Reformers Send Nearly a Million Signatures to Sacramento

DON'T MISS

BTC Scammy Scams, Impact of Blockchain on Global Markets: Crypto The WonderDog Show

DON'T MISS

US Vetoes Full United Nations Membership for Palestine

DON'T MISS

Barbara Corcoran: 1% Interest Rate Drop Will Send Housing Prices ‘Through the Roof’

DON'T MISS

Cavinder Twins Are Returning to Miami for Their Last Season

DON'T MISS

California Sets Long-Awaited Drinking Water Limit for ‘Erin Brockovich’ Contaminant

DON'T MISS

Savannah Bananas Dominate Social Media, Sell Out Stadiums Nationwide Including Fresno

UP NEXT

City Council Finally Gives New NW Fresno Costco a Green Light

UP NEXT

Prop 47 Reformers Send Nearly a Million Signatures to Sacramento

UP NEXT

Barbara Corcoran: 1% Interest Rate Drop Will Send Housing Prices ‘Through the Roof’

UP NEXT

Big Names in Rap, Christian Music, and Comedy Headline Must-See Weekend Entertainment

UP NEXT

Juror Dismissed From Trump Hush Money Trial. Prosecutors Seek to Hold Former President in Contempt

UP NEXT

Attorney Suing Fresno Grizzlies for $5 Million Is No Stranger to ‘Ladies Night’ Cases

UP NEXT

Hagrid Has a Bit of a Playful Side, but the Heart of a Giant. And He’s Ready for Adoption

UP NEXT

Biden Backs House’s Aid Package for Ukraine, Israel While Speaker Johnson Battles to Retain Position

UP NEXT

Don Arax Talks About His New Football Job at Visalia’s Central Valley Christian

UP NEXT

Dem House Challengers Salas, Gray Flex Fundraising Muscle

Edward Smith,
Multimedia Journalist
Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at Edward.Smith@gvwire.com.

Prop 47 Reformers Send Nearly a Million Signatures to Sacramento

13 hours ago

BTC Scammy Scams, Impact of Blockchain on Global Markets: Crypto The WonderDog Show

13 hours ago

US Vetoes Full United Nations Membership for Palestine

14 hours ago

Barbara Corcoran: 1% Interest Rate Drop Will Send Housing Prices ‘Through the Roof’

14 hours ago

Cavinder Twins Are Returning to Miami for Their Last Season

15 hours ago

California Sets Long-Awaited Drinking Water Limit for ‘Erin Brockovich’ Contaminant

16 hours ago

Savannah Bananas Dominate Social Media, Sell Out Stadiums Nationwide Including Fresno

18 hours ago

Biden is Off on Details of His Uncle’s WWII Death as He Calls Trump Unfit to Lead the Military

19 hours ago

Big Names in Rap, Christian Music, and Comedy Headline Must-See Weekend Entertainment

19 hours ago

US and UK Issue New Sanctions on Iran in Response to Tehran’s Weekend Attack on Israel

19 hours ago

Who Owns Businesses in California? A Lawmaker Wants the Public to Know

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California lawmaker wants to require business owners and landlords to disclose their identities under legislation aim...

16 mins ago

16 mins ago

Who Owns Businesses in California? A Lawmaker Wants the Public to Know

12 hours ago

$11M State Grant Will Help Fresno’s Emergency Shelter Beds, Mental Health Services

12 hours ago

City Council Finally Gives New NW Fresno Costco a Green Light

13 hours ago

Prop 47 Reformers Send Nearly a Million Signatures to Sacramento

Crypto the WonderDog Show
13 hours ago

BTC Scammy Scams, Impact of Blockchain on Global Markets: Crypto The WonderDog Show

14 hours ago

US Vetoes Full United Nations Membership for Palestine

14 hours ago

Barbara Corcoran: 1% Interest Rate Drop Will Send Housing Prices ‘Through the Roof’

15 hours ago

Cavinder Twins Are Returning to Miami for Their Last Season

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend